By: Peter Stephens | Updated: 6th May, 2019.
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Where the NatWest Credit Card excels is being that solid, take-everywhere card. With a low standard APR and no foreign transaction fees, this card can find a place in many peoples' wallets. However, if you're looking for rewards, cashback or a sign-up bonus, you'll have to look elsewhere.Read full review >
|Purchase rate||9.9% p.a. (variable)|
|Representative APR||9.9% (variable)|
|Assumed credit limit||£1,200|
The NatWest Credit Card offers an attractive proposition for consumers seeking a card for international use. It does not have a non-sterling transaction fee, unlike most credit cards. This could save consumers significant sums of money in the long run. The lack of an annual fee means that using the card may be worthwhile even for an occasional international traveller.
As a day-to-day credit card for use in the UK, better options may be available elsewhere. The card lacks rewards or a 0% interest balance transfer period. However, with the card being squarely aimed at the travel segment, this is perhaps to be expected. Overall, the NatWest Credit Card fulfils its raison d’être in terms of its travel credentials, while a lack of balance transfer fee is a bonus that could help to reduce an individual’s interest payments.
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For consumers who are seeking a card to use when on holiday or travelling abroad, the NatWest Credit Card has a compelling offer. It is uncommon to find credit cards that do not have a non-sterling transaction fee. It could, therefore, offer its users significant savings each year. The lack of an annual fee also makes it appealing to consumers who may only want to use the card abroad.
As a primary credit card, the NatWest Credit Card’s lack of rewards or a 0% interest balance transfer offer reduce its overall appeal. For consumers who are seeking to reduce the interest they pay on existing debt, or who are looking to benefit from a variety of cashback offers, there may be better opportunities available elsewhere. But from a purely travel perspective, the card has an appealing offer.
In order to apply for the NatWest Credit Card, you must be a UK resident over the age of 18 who earns at least £10,000 per annum. The online application takes around ten minutes to complete, with successful applicants receiving their card within seven working days of being accepted.
As for all credit cards, the interest rate advertised is representative. This means that it must be offered to 51% of applicants, with NatWest able to offer a different rate to the remaining 49% of applicants. As such, you may not receive the advertised rate. This could be particularly relevant for consumers who are seeking to transfer an existing balance.
Applications can be made online, by phone or in branch. NatWest offers a service to check your eligibility for the card without affecting your credit rating. It takes just two minutes to complete and could provide you with a guide as to the chances of being accepted for the card. Details required to complete the application include your address history, employment details and information about any other credit cards currently held elsewhere.
As a travel-focused card, the NatWest Credit Card is appealing. It enables individuals to use their credit card internationally without being penalised for doing so in the form of non-sterling transaction fees. The lack of an annual fee means that it is attractive for consumers who travel abroad infrequently, as well as those who regularly leave the UK for business or holidays. As an added bonus, the card’s lack of a balance transfer fee may mean that it is possible to reduce your interest costs, depending on the rate being paid elsewhere.
The card’s lack of rewards mean that it may be an ideal secondary, rather than primary, credit card. It is possible to obtain rewards in the form of cashback and discounts from other cards, which could make them more appealing for day-to-day use in the UK. Similarly, consumers seeking to reduce interest costs on existing debts may benefit from having a balance transfer card that offers a 0% interest rate on debt transferred from other cards for a specified period.
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